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DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano Highlights 2010 Accomplishments
(59 KB - 12/22/2010)
DHS press release highlighting the Department’s major 2010 accomplishments and reforms, including efforts to enforce and administer current immigration laws. The release also includes a link to a more comprehensive list of accomplishments. AILA Doc. No. 10122235.
AILA Doc. No. 10122235.
CRCL December 2010 Newsletter
(491 KB - 12/15/2010)
DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) issued its December 2010 newsletter. It includes information about CRCL’s newly launched website, CRCL's annual report to Congress, changes made to its complaint process, its expanded outreach roundtables, and more. AILA Doc. No. 10121566.
AILA Doc. No. 10121566.
Readout of Secretary Napolitano’s Call with Southwest Border Sheriffs and Police Chiefs
(239 KB - 12/15/2010)
DHS press release on Secretary Napolitano’s 12/14/10 conference call with sheriffs and police chiefs to discuss the role of state and local law enforcement in securing the border, and DHS support for state and local law enforcement efforts to keep their communities safe. AILA Doc. No. 10121565.
AILA Doc. No. 10121565.
DHS Announces Anti-Fraud Enhancements to E-Verify
(219 KB - 11/10/2010)
DHS press release on an announcement by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas about the expansion of the E-Verify program's capabilities to include U.S. passport photo matching. AILA Doc. No. 10111074.
AILA Doc. No. 10111074.
DHS Blue Campaign 12/10/10 Stakeholder Meeting Summary
(498 KB - 1/12/2011)
DHS executive summary of the 12/10/10 Blue Campaign stakeholder meeting with Senior Counselor Alice Hill on working to combat human trafficking. The summary includes background information, announcements, and additional resources. Original invitation follows summary. AILA Doc. No. 10111066.
AILA Doc. No. 10111066.
DHS Applauds First-Ever Class of ICE-Trained Mexican Customs Officials
(26 KB - 10/25/2010)
DHS press release on the graduation of 24 men and women from Mexico’s Tax Administration Service and Customs from a 10-week, ICE-led investigator training course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy in North Charleston, South Carolina. AILA Doc. No. 10102562.
AILA Doc. No. 10102562.
DHS Fact Sheet: Southwest Border Overview
(35 KB - 10/22/2010)
DHS fact sheet on Southwest Border operations statistics including information on apprehensions for unauthorized border crossings and arrests of human smugglers. AILA Doc. No. 10102263.
AILA Doc. No. 10102263.
More Than 5,200 New U.S. Citizens Naturalized at Fenway Park
(26 KB - 9/17/2010)
Secretary Napolitano and USCIS Director Mayorkas held a naturalization ceremony for more than 5,200 new U.S. citizens at Fenway Park. The ceremony also recognized women’s rights and human rights advocate Dr. Rangita de Silva de Alwis as Outstanding American by Choice. AILA Doc. No. 10091762.
AILA Doc. No. 10091762.
DHS Issues Inaugural Edition of CRCL Newsletter
(364 KB - 9/15/2010)
DHS issues the first edition of the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) newsletter for September, 2010. This newsletter includes instructions on how to submit civil rights complaints, CRCL’s mission statement, contact information, and more. AILA Doc. No. 10091566.
AILA Doc. No. 10091566.
DHS Statement on Pew Hispanic Center Report on Unauthorized Immigration Flows
(40 KB - 9/2/2010)
Statement by DHS Deputy Press Secretary Matt Chandler on Pew Hispanic Center Report on Unauthorized Immigration Flows. The statement outlines developments in DHS activities on the southwest border. AILA Doc. No. 10090262.
AILA Doc. No. 10090262.
DHS Announces Unmanned Flights to Monitor Southwest Border
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DHS announcement of the deployment of Predator Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) flights out of Corpus Christi, Texas, beginning on 9/1/10, to provide aerial surveillance of the Southwest Border. AILA Doc. No. 10083173.
AILA Doc. No. 10083173.
DHS Expects Over 2,200 Agents Deployed on Northern Border by End of 2010
(223 KB - 8/26/2010)
DHS press release on visit of DHS Secretary Napolitano to Montana to tour CBP operations and meet with officials on border issues. DHS expects to have over 2,200 Border Patrol agents deployed along the northern border by the end of 2010, a 700 percent increase since 9/11/01. AILA Doc. No. 10082632.
AILA Doc. No. 10082632.
DHS Announces Secure Communities Deployment to All Southwest Border Counties
(219 KB - 8/11/2010)
DHS press release announcing the deployment of the Secure Communities program to all 25 U.S. counties along the southwest border. DHS has expanded the Secure Communities initiative from 14 to 544 jurisdictions in the past 18 months. AILA Doc. No. 10081163.
AILA Doc. No. 10081163.
DHS Statement on Passage of Southwest Border Bill in the Senate
(27 KB - 8/6/2010)
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano issued a brief statement commending the Senate on passage of the Southwest Border Bill and encouraging the House to act quickly on the bill. AILA Doc. No. 10080664.
AILA Doc. No. 10080664.
DHS and Pascua Yaqui Tribe Announce First Enhanced Tribal Card (ETC)
(31 KB - 8/2/2010)
DHS press release announcing the production of the first Enhanced Tribal Card (ETC) with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, a WHTI-compliant document that recognizes tribal membership and U.S. citizenship for the purpose of entering the U.S. through a land or sea port of entry. AILA Doc. No. 10080264.
AILA Doc. No. 10080264.
Statement by DHS Deputy Press Secretary on Partial Injunction in SB 1070 Suit
(223 KB - 7/28/2010)
DHS press release stating that the Arizona district court’s decision to enjoin most of SB 1070 correctly affirms the federal government’s responsibilities in enforcing our nation's immigration laws. AILA Doc. No. 10072831.
AILA Doc. No. 10072831.
DHS Finalizes Rule on Form I-9 Electronic Signature and Storage
(32 KB - 7/22/2010)
DHS finalized a regulation that allows employers to electronically sign and store I-9 forms, which are used by ICE to verify employment eligibility. Previously, employers were required to store the paper forms for later inspection by DHS and ICE. AILA Doc. No. 10072261.
AILA Doc. No. 10072261.
DHS to Streamline Passenger Pre-Screening Process
(52 KB - 7/27/2010)
DHS announced the launch of a streamlined system for pre-screening passengers entering and exiting the U.S. via general aviation aircraft. The system allows pilots and operators to submit a single manifest to CBP's Electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eAPIS). AILA Doc. No. 10072762.
AILA Doc. No. 10072762.
DHS Blue Campaign to Combat Human Trafficking Press Release and Fact Sheet
(52 KB - 7/23/2010)
DHS launched the “Blue Campaign,” an initiative to combat human trafficking through public awareness, victim assistance programs, and law enforcement training and initiatives. For more information, visit www.dhs.gov/humantrafficking. A fact sheet follows this press release. AILA Doc. No. 10072362.
AILA Doc. No. 10072362.
DHS Announces Advanced Imaging Technology Deployments at 28 Airports
(225 KB - 7/21/2010)
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the deployment of advanced imaging technology (AIT) to 28 additional airports nationwide. AIT screening is optional to all passengers. Those who opt out may request alternative screening, which includes a physical pat-down. AILA Doc. No. 10072161.
AILA Doc. No. 10072161.
Obama Administration Announces National Guard Deployment to the Southwest Border
(227 KB - 7/19/2010)
DHS and DOD announced that National Guard deployments to the Southwest border will begin on 8/1/10 as part of the administration’s efforts to combat the transnational criminal organizations that smuggle weapons, cash and people across the Southwest border. AILA Doc. No. 10071936.
AILA Doc. No. 10071936.
Secretary Napolitano Announces Grants for Southwest Border States
(31 KB - 7/16/2010)
DHS Secretary announced more than $47 million in fiscal year 2010 Operation Stonegarden grants for the Southwest border states to support law enforcement personnel, overtime, and other related costs to increase operational readiness. AILA Doc. No. 10071665.
AILA Doc. No. 10071665.
Canada-U.S. Action Plan for Critical Infrastructure
(284 KB - 7/14/2010)
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and Canadian Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews announced the Canada-U.S. Action Plan for Critical Infrastructure, designed to strengthen the critical infrastructure in the U.S. and Canada through an enhanced cross-border approach. AILA Doc. No. 10071466.
AILA Doc. No. 10071466.
Secretary Napolitano's Remarks at CSIS on “Securing the Border: A Smarter Law Enforcement Approach”
(99 KB - 6/28/2010)
DHS Secretary Napolitano spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies about "Securing the Border: A Smarter Law Enforcement Approach” including the new partnership with the Major Cities Chiefs Association to create a Southwest Border Law Enforcement Compact. AILA Doc. No. 10062864.
AILA Doc. No. 10062864.
Readout of Napolitano's Remarks to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials
(25 KB - 6/25/2010)
DHS Secretary Napolitano delivered remarks to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials highlighting efforts on comprehensive immigration reform and USCIS reforms including elimination of the backlog for citizenship-related background checks. AILA Doc. No. 10062572.
AILA Doc. No. 10062572.
DHS Announces “Southwest Border Law Enforcement Compact” Partnership
(27 KB - 6/24/2010)
DHS announced a partnership with the Major Cities Chiefs Association to create a Southwest Border Law Enforcement Compact to enable non-border states and local law enforcement agencies to detail officers to state and local law enforcement agencies along the Southwest border. AILA Doc. No. 10062461.
AILA Doc. No. 10062461.
DHS Fact Sheet on Southwest Border Next Steps
(641 KB - 6/23/2010)
DHS issued a fact sheet on Department initiatives on the southwest border in the past year and a half and new budget-neutral initiatives planned. AILA Doc. No. 10062368.
AILA Doc. No. 10062368.
DHS Announces 100 Percent Watchlist Matching for Domestic Flights
(28 KB - 6/8/2010)
DHS announced that 100 percent of passengers traveling within the U.S. and its territories are now being checked against terrorist watchlists through the TSA Secure Flight program. Before Secure Flight, airlines conducted passenger watchlist checking. AILA Doc. No. 10060861.
AILA Doc. No. 10060861.
United States and France Establish Arrangement to Interdict High-Risk Travelers
(46 KB - 6/3/2010)
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced that the U.S. and France have established an arrangement to implement the Immigration Advisory Program (IAP) at Paris' Charles De Gaulle International Airport. AILA Doc. No. 10060371.
AILA Doc. No. 10060371.
DHS Announces Additional Deployments of Recovery Act-Funded Advanced Imaging Technology
(1220 KB - 5/18/2010)
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced deployments of advanced imaging technology to 28 additional airports. Advanced imaging technology is designed to safely screen passengers for metallic and non-metallic threats. AILA Doc. No. 10051866.
AILA Doc. No. 10051866.
U.S. and Germany Launch Partnership to Link Trusted Traveler Programs
(47 KB - 4/16/2010)
DHS Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute and German Interior Ministry State Secretary Klaus-Dieter Fritsche signed a statement expressing intent to integrate the U.S. and German trusted traveler programs and develop processes for qualified citizens to apply for both programs. AILA Doc. No. 10041662.
AILA Doc. No. 10041662.
DHS E-Verify Handbook for Clients of Designated Agents
(184 KB - 4/15/2010)
DHS issued a handbook on using E-Verify as the client of designated agents. Designated agents use E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of another company’s employees. AILA Doc. No. 10041567.
AILA Doc. No. 10041567.
DHS Announces New Aviation Security Protocols for International Flights to U.S.
(63 KB - 4/2/2010)
DHS announced a change in aviation security protocols for international flights to the U.S. These new protocols supersede the measures implemented on 1/3/10, including the list of 14 countries of concern. AILA Doc. No. 10040231.
AILA Doc. No. 10040231.
Readout of Secretary Napolitano's Meeting with Stakeholders on Immigration Reform Efforts
(27 KB - 3/22/2010)
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano met with stakeholders on 3/19/10 to discuss ongoing efforts to work together to create a comprehensive approach to immigration reform. Secretary Napolitano commended the bipartisan proposal set forth by Senators Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham. AILA Doc. No. 10032261.
AILA Doc. No. 10032261.
DHS Announces New E-Verify Initiatives
(221 KB - 3/17/2010)
DHS and USCIS announced three new E-Verify initiatives including an agreement with DOJ to streamline the adjudication process in misuse and discrimination cases, a helpline for employees to offer process information and assistance in completing Form I-9 and training videos. AILA Doc. No. 10031771.
AILA Doc. No. 10031771.
Joint SSA and DHS Presentation on E-Verify and Federal Contractors
(1044 KB - 3/5/2010)
Joint USCIS and SSA presentation regarding E-Verify and Federal Contractors. AILA Doc. No. 10030564.
AILA Doc. No. 10030564.
DHS Solicits Ideas for Open Government Plan Using Public Engagement Website
(260 KB - 2/11/2010)
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano launched new online participation tool at http://www.dhs.gov/open for the public to submit ideas and suggestions on ways DHS can enhance transparency and participation. Ideas for DHS’ Open Government Plan will be accepted until 3/19/10. AILA Doc. No. 10021163.
AILA Doc. No. 10021163.
Transcript of Call with Senior DHS Officials on the FY2011 Budget Proposal
(95 KB - 2/3/2010)
Senior DHS Officials held a background call on the Department’s FY 2011 budget that included questions on requests for the E-Verify program and CBP. AILA Doc. No. 10020326.
AILA Doc. No. 10020326.
Secretary Napolitano Announces Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Request
(62 KB - 2/3/2010)
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano issued the Department’s FY 2011 budget. DHS’ budget priority to enforce immigration laws includes funding for E-Verify, Secure Communities and English-language education for immigrants preparing for citizenship. AILA Doc. No. 10020325.
AILA Doc. No. 10020325.
DHS Fact Sheet: FY 2011 Budget Request
(80 KB - 2/3/2010)
The DHS issued its $56.3 billion FY 2011 budget which requested $18M to fund USCIS Office of Citizenship and $103.4M for E-Verify. AILA Doc. No. 10020324.
AILA Doc. No. 10020324.
DHS Continues To Assist Recovery Efforts in Haiti
(31 KB - 1/29/2010)
DHS announced that it continues to support U.S. government efforts to provide operational and humanitarian assistance in Haiti by deploying over 1,000 personnel. As of 1/28/10, USCIS in Port Au Prince had processed more than 480 orphan cases. AILA Doc. No. 10012966.
AILA Doc. No. 10012966.
Margo Schlanger Chosen as DHS Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
(218 KB - 1/27/2010)
DHS welcomed Margo Schlanger to lead the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. She brings to DHS expertise in constitutional law and civil rights. AILA Doc. No. 10012767.
AILA Doc. No. 10012767.
DHS Designates 11 New Countries as Eligible for H-2A and H-2B Nonimmigrant Visa Programs
(25 KB - 1/25/2010)
On 1/18/10, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano designated 11 new countries as eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B nonimmigrant visa programs. The new combined list was published on 1/18/10 in the Federal Register. AILA Doc. No. 10012561.
AILA Doc. No. 10012561.
DHS Authorizes Activation of Reserve Coast Guard Personnel to Support Efforts in Haiti
(216 KB - 1/20/2010)
On 1/19/10, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano authorized the temporary activation of up to 900 reserve U.S. Coast Guard service men and women to bolster the more than 500 Coast Guard personnel already serving in Haiti in support of the U.S. government’s response to the 1/12/10 earthquake. AILA Doc. No. 10012070.
AILA Doc. No. 10012070.
DHS Issues Q&A Sheet on Haitian Relief Measures (Updated 1/19/10)
(73 KB - 1/19/2010)
On 01/15/10, DHS released a questions and answers sheet providing specific guidance to Haitian national interested in taking advantage of this relief. AILA Doc. No. 10011512.
AILA Doc. No. 10011512.
Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Designating TPS for Haitian Nationals
(66 KB - 1/15/2010)
On 01/15/10, DHS Secretary, Janet Napolitano, released a statement designating Temporary Protected Status for Haitian nationals who were in the United States as of January 12, 2010. AILA Doc. No. 10011510.
AILA Doc. No. 10011510.
Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano: Disaster Response in Haiti
(39 KB - 1/15/2010)
On 01/15/10, DHS Secretary, Janet Napolitano, made a statement regarding DHS’s disaster response in Haiti, and suspension of removal for individuals from Haiti. AILA Doc. No. 10011567.
AILA Doc. No. 10011567.
Secretary Napolitano Outlines Five Recommendations to Enhance Aviation Security
(30 KB - 1/12/2010)
On 01/07/10, Secretary Napolitano outlined recommendations DHS will pursue to enhance the traveling public’s safety, developed as a result of security reviews ordered by President Obama following the attempted terrorist attack on 12/25/09. Recommendations include adjusting the process by which names are added to the “No-Fly” and “Selectee” lists. AILA Doc. No. 10011261.
AILA Doc. No. 10011261.
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